THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greece's second largest city, and 10 of the other 13 municipalities comprising the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area, will hold a "referendum" on whether to privatize the Thessaloniki Water Authority (EYATH) on Sunday, despite a government warning that it considers the poll to be illegal.
The first round of elections for municipal and provincial councils takes place Sunday.
Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis, in a circular, has warned that the mayors could not set up polling booths inside the regular polling stations to hold their referendum. A Thessaloniki prosecutor has also warned that using the official election roll calls in the "referendum" is a crime punishable with prison.
The mayors say they will set up polling booths on the sidewalks outside polling stations and use resident registers supplied by the municipalities.